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Ready to consign? Ready to donate? Ready to buy?

by Thomas Makinney

With the holidays behind us and the kids finally back at school, it’s a great time to make some New Year’s Resolutions for your home.

Are you feeling overwhelmed with too much stuff? Hoping to get your house on the market soon and need to declutter? Or are you hoping to spruce up your house a little bit and fill in some gaps?

We’ve found some great places for you to donate or sell your items, as well as places to buy everything from couches to lamps to new windows.

Before you clean out, decide whether you want to donate or sell your items. A thrift store accepts donations of items – you don’t receive money but you do get a tax write-off. A consignment store sells the items for you: Once an item has sold, they take a percentage and pay the rest to you. If you decide to consign, be sure to check how the store determines percentage, how they determine the lowest price, and what happens if the item doesn’t sell.

Thrift stores generally have lower prices while consignment stores generally have higher quality. But not always. There are treasures and bargains at both places just as there are benefits and drawbacks to donating or consigning.

That said, here are some options for great resale stores in our area, followed by furniture consignment stores.

 

Resale stores:

Re-Store

869 S. Rohlwing Road
Addison

(630) 517-2080

dupagerestore.com

The retail store features furniture, lighting, and appliances, as well as building materials such as cabinets, flooring, doors, paint, lumber, sinks, toilets, and windows and screens.

You can also donate furniture (non-upholstered), appliances, and building materials. They also accept new building materials, as well as cars, trucks, trailers or boats.

All proceeds benefit the DuPage Habitat for Humanity, which helps build homes for limited-income, working families.

 

Pink Elephant Resale

121 W 1st St
Elmhurst

(630) 834-7379

Located in downtown Elmhurst, the store sells and accepts donations and features furniture, kitchen items, clothing and accessories, books, and paintings.

All proceeds benefit the Edward-Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare.

 

Community Shop

23 W Calendar Ave
La Grange

(708) 354-3803

http://www.communitynurse.org/shops/thecommunityshop/

The Community Shop accepts and sells furniture, home décor, housewares, collectables, and seasonal merchandise.

Proceeds benefit Community Nurse, a health center for lower-income individuals and families in the western suburbs.

 

Brown Elephant Resale Shop

217 Harrison St.
Oak Park

(708) 445-0612

http://howardbrown.org/wp/brown-elephant/donate/

Brown Elephant accepts and sells antiques, art, lamps, housewares, upholstered furniture, dining room furniture, bedroom furniture, books electronics, as well as clothing, shoes, purses and jewelry.

Benefits Howard Brown Health, an agency that provides healthcare resources and education for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

 

 

Sharing Connections – donations only

5111 Chase Ave.
Downers Grove

(630) 971-0565

www.sharingconnections.com

Sharing Connections accepts gently used cribs, mattresses, box spring sets, dressers, table and chair sets, sofas and loveseats.

They then provide furniture and household items to local families who are referred through domestic violence shelters, housing organizations, food pantries, schools, and veteran and teen parent programs.

 

And of course, don’t forget the Salvation Army, Goodwill, and St. Vincent DePaul thrift stores for other great finds. These thrift stores accept almost all donations (check locations for their policy on upholstered furniture.)

 

Consignment stores:

The Courtyard

63 Village Place
Hinsdale

(630) 323-1135

shopthecourtyard.com

High end furniture and home accessory store, which accepts donations or consignments.  Located in downtown Hinsdale, the store sells fine furniture, artwork, lamps and chandeliers, quality rugs, china, crystal and silver, jewelry, and home accessories. The Courtyard is staffed by volunteers and all proceeds benefit the Wellness House, which provides individuals and families information and resources after a cancer diagnosis.

 

Divine Consign

809 S. Oak Park Ave.
Oak Park

(708) 386-3366

www.divineconsign.com

A high-end furniture consignment store. They accept and sell sofas, sectionals, loveseats, chairs, dining room furniture, dressers, beds, sofa tables, consoles, mirrors, wall art, floor and table lamps, and home décor.

They offer pickup and delivery serves for a small fee, and customers can combine pickup with delivery of furniture purchased at Divine Consign.

Their sister store, Trends, also in Oak Park, sells consigned clothing.

 

My Favorite Things Upscale Resale

136 Ogden Ave
Downers Grove, IL 60515

(630) 963-5518

Formerly located in Hinsdale, My Favorite Things sells home décor and decorative furnishings alongside women’s clothing and accessories. Clothing consignments are done seasonally, while home furnishings and furniture are accepted year-round.

 

Slipcover Plus Upholstery and Consignment

451 Madison St
Oak Park, IL 60302

(708) 386-9398

http://slipcoverplus.com/

Slipcover Plus has a 2,000 sq. ft. showroom of new and consigned furniture, including bedroom sets, dining room furniture, sofas, loveseats, chairs, lamps, desks, and cabinets. They also have an extensive slipcover, re-upholstery, and furniture restoration business. 

 

And for something fun:

Jackson Square Antique Mall
112 E Burlington Ave
La Grange

www.jacksonsquaremall.com

(224) 388-9152

An antique emporium with more than fifty dealers selling We home decor and furnishings, antiques, collectibles, jewelry and clothing.

 

Elmhurst Open House List for April 30 - May 1

by Thomas Makinney


201 S. Fairview Ave     

Elmhurst      

Sunday, 5/1/2016

2:00 -  4:00 PM            

$989,000

 

Street # 

CP 

Str Name 

Sfx 

City 

Start Date/Time 

End Time

LP/RP 

764

N

Kenilworth

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 10:00 

12:00 PM

$240,000

173

N

Hampshire

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$274,900

910

S

Kirk

Ave

Elmhurst

04/30/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$309,000

197

W

Butterfield

Rd

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$379,000

481

E

Park

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$398,500

584

S

Bryan

St

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$440,000

349

S

Arlington

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

4:00 PM

$499,500

768

N

Van Auken

St

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$689,000

317

S

Lawndale

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$699,900

504

S

York

St

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$729,900

500

S

York

St

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$739,900

506

S

York

St

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$739,900

107

W

Seminole

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$739,900

188

S

Poplar

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$799,900

273

E

Forest

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$799,900

949

S

Hillside

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$839,000

345

W

Alexander

Blvd

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$850,000

378

E

Harrison

Ct

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 12:00 

2:00 PM

$875,000

319

W

Fremont

Ave

Elmhurst

04/30/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$879,990

319

W

Fremont

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$879,990

431

N

Ridgeland

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 11:00 

2:00 PM

$924,900

201

S

Fairview

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 02:00 

4:00 PM

$989,000

225

S

Kenmore

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$999,999

316

E

Third

St

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 11:00 

4:00 PM

$1,017,000

164

 

Joanne

Way

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 11:00 

4:00 PM

$1,119,000

164

 

Joanne

Way

Elmhurst

04/30/2016 11:00 

4:00 PM

$1,119,000

141

 

Joanne

Way

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 11:00 

4:00 PM

$1,125,000

299

W

Claremont

St

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$1,135,000

280

S

Prospect

Ave

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$1,175,000

241

N

Illinois

St

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

4:00 PM

$1,200,000

241

N

Illinois

St

Elmhurst

04/30/2016 01:00 

4:00 PM

$1,200,000

237

N

Illinois

St

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

4:00 PM

$1,225,000

237

N

Illinois

St

Elmhurst

04/30/2016 01:00 

4:00 PM

$1,225,000

239

E

South

St

Elmhurst

04/30/2016 02:00 

4:00 PM

$1,324,980

169

W

Olive

St

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 01:00 

3:00 PM

$1,875,000

160

 

Joanne

Way

Elmhurst

05/01/2016 11:00 

4:00 PM

$1,975,000

 

Elmhurst Offers Best of Both City and Suburban Living

by Thomas Makinney

City people and suburb people tend to remain in opposite camps regarding their locations, each side defending its lifestyle.

City folks point to walkability, good restaurants, access to art and culture, and a diverse mix of residents. Suburban proponents point to good schools, bigger houses, and more yard space. But at certain predictable moments in life, city people may find themselves becoming suburban folks.

Studies point to families with one to two children as being the most likely to make the move. Families, who may enjoy raising a child or two in the city, often want to move before kindergarten starts. The sweet spot is to not move too early but not too late.

But what makes people pull up their roots and make the move? Chicago-based Suburban Jungle works with families considering a transition from downtown to the suburbs. The company helps people decide not only when the time is right, but also what suburb is right for them.

And while many city residents fear missing out on social factors downtown, many suburbs feature miniature downtowns that allow families to enjoy the best of both worlds. The isolated suburban town is often an unfounded stereotype.

Elmhurst offers a wide variety of excellent and ethnic restaurants, four museums, numerous art performances, award-winning parks, and a four-year college that brings in world-renowned speakers and performers throughout the year.

And of course Elmhurst is situated on the Metra line, allowing residents easy access to downtown happenings.

In addition to family-friendly, single-family homes, Elmhurst has a wide range of apartments, condos, and townhouses surrounding the downtown area. So if you’re looking to downsize and enjoy city living, you don’t need to move to downtown Chicago. You can move to downtown Elmhurst and enjoy the same amenities.

If you’re interested in upsizing or downsizing to Elmhurst, give us a call at (630) 441-5570 or contact us at www.gmregroup.com

Help Shape the Future of Downtown Elmhurst

by Thomas Makinney

The city of Elmhurst is updating its “Downtown Plan” and you can be a part of it.

On May 28th community members can contribute to the road map of the future of downtown Elmhurst.  Participation isn’t mandatory, but wouldn’t you like to be a part of history in the making, and help create the town of your dreams?  This is your chance to re-shape the landscape of downtown Elmhurst!

That might sound like a lot of responsibility to some, but for others who plan to live long and prosperously right here in Elmhurst, the opportunity to provide feedback and exchange visions is not to be missed.

The Downtown Plan Public Workshop will take place on May 28th at 7pm at City Hall, where your invaluable input and perspective is welcomed.

Represent your business, your neighborhood association, your recreational group, or just yourself! 
You can keep up to date on the project at http://www.hlplanning.com/portals/elmhurstdowntown.

 

Thinking about your future as a resident of Elmhurst? Whether you’re looking to down-size or upgrade, The Gracik Makinney Group is here to help. Give us a call at 630-441-5570 or visit us on the web at www.gmregroup.com for more information.

Self Improvement by Home Improvement

by Thomas Makinney

You’ve heard the expression, “Cluttered house, cluttered mind,” but what other home characteristics are potentially enabling unhealthy habits?

Believe it or not, you don’t have to qualify for the show “Hoarders” to be negatively affected by your home setup. Consider some of these positive improvements for your home to boost a healthier, higher quality lifestyle for you and your loved ones:

Downsize your Refrigerator

It is much easier to cut down on excess junk, limit frozen items full of preservatives, and keep a clean and organized refrigerator when it is smaller in size.  Less room for storage means having to be more selective about your purchases, and that four pound bag of cheddar cheese won’t seem too reasonable anymore. In addition to the many health benefits of your new necessity-only fridge, you’re also reducing your carbon footprint, as well as your electricity bill. 

Keep the Dinner Table a Dinner Table

Nowadays it is more often a homework station, a place to pay bills, or write emails. Keep the table set with place settings, and try to reserve it for meals only. Keeping it in a prepared and inviting state will remind you to make family dinners a priority. If it looks more like a table at your favorite restaurant than a workstation, it will be much easier to frequently enjoy quality time over a home-cooked meal together. 

Zen-ify your bedroom

Clear surface areas, fewer distractions, more sunlight, and fresh linens. It is easy over time to clutter up the bedroom, have the TV on “just because,” let dust bunnies move in to those hard-to-reach spots, and go too long without changing up your bedding. These little things add up, and while you can’t put your finger on it in the moment, they are inhibiting your peaceful night’s sleep. Keeping these factors in focus and ensuring you’re giving yourself the best environment for a good night’s sleep will greatly improve not just your nights, but your days as well. 

 

Designate a Work-out Space

This can be an entire room in your home, or just a small corner if you’re tight on space.   Even if you prefer to work out in the gym, it is much harder to neglect your fitness routine when a yoga mat, free weights, and fitness DVD’s or magazines are right at your fingertips. Let a workout space inspire and motivate you!

 

Optimize your Outdoor Space

Balcony or backyard, patio or sprawling acres, make sure you’re making the most of your outdoor space. Particularly after this winter, spending time outside in the fresh air and sunshine is invaluable.  Update your patio furniture, install a hammock, or invest in some outdoor activity equipment and games. Make your outdoor space as inviting as a room in your home, and de-stressing will be as easy as walking out your back door.

If you’re ready to shake things up even more and start fresh with a new home, the Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group is here to help. Visit us on the web at www.gmregroup.com, or give us a call at (630) 441-5570!

Why You Should Hire a Real Estate Agent

by Thomas Makinney

Buying or selling your home is not only one of the biggest investments you can make in your life, it also can be one of the biggest hassles, or worse yet, nightmares. Many are the stories of buyers looking for their dream home, thinking they have found it, only to lose out on an offer, or find out their new home needs more repairs than they can manage. You can find an equal number of sellers trying to get what they put into their house back in their selling price, only to find their house remain on the market much longer than the average listed house at too high a price. Often these scenarios occur when there is not a Real Estate agent involved.

People look for ways to save money, including forgoing a real estate agent. They believe that they will save money on commissions or fees, when in reality they most likely will end up spending more money, especially in time and energy.  Think about it, would you decline to go to a doctor for a serious ailment or injury to save money?  No, you would not, as doctors and hospitals provide a vital service where their education, experience and procedures help you get better. 

Working with a real estate agent is much the same. There are so many details when it comes to buying or selling a house. Anyone without an agent can quickly become overwhelmed with the terms and processes involved in buying a home. From finding a mortgage lender, to knowing the current options for buying and selling home, an agent can simplify even the most confusing details. When you work with an agent, you become the grand master of your home buying or selling experience.  Your agent is working for you.  It is in their best interest to make the complicated process go smoothly so you can reap the rewards. 

Agents also know the details beyond what house is for sale or what an average price is for your neighborhood.  They know what works well to help sell a home and which areas offer what you need or want in a new home. Real Estate agents take the mystery and complications of buying or selling a home and allow you to focus on what you want to accomplish in the large scheme of things.  Their service is a real benefit to which you can use to sell your home with ease or find the home of your dreams. 

There are services in life that are worth use of a professional, and Real Estate is one of them.  Save yourself time, money, aggravation and frustration by working with an agent today.

Let the experience of The Gracik Makinney Group work for you. Whether you are buying or selling your home, our team is prepared to make the process easier for you. Drop by the office at 190 North York Road here in Elmhurst, or give us a call at 630-441-5570.

Elmhurst Illinois Open Houses for Sunday, July 8, 2012

by Thomas Makinney

Address: 316 N Shady Ln

City: Elmhurst

Price: $234,900

Scheduled for: 07/08/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM


Address: 145 S York Rd Unit 224

City: Elmhurst

Price: $309,000

Scheduled for: 07/08/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM


Address: 370 N Highland Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $324,900

Scheduled for: 07/08/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM


Address: 549 N Indiana St

City: Elmhurst 

Price: $330,000

Scheduled for: 07/08/2012 from 12:00 PM to 03:00 PM


Address: 605 W Babcock Ave

City: Elmhurst

Price: $629,900

Scheduled for: 07/08/2012 from 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Easier Downsizing of Your Elmhurst Home

by Thomas Makinney

There comes a time when every Elmhurst homeowner needs to consider downsizing to a smaller place, and it can be difficult in many ways. First, selling a home in today’s market can be challenging; there’s the cleaning and de-cluttering needed to make it appealing to buyers, and of course, there’s the idea of leaving a place that holds so many memories. 

The good news is that there are ways to update your older home and also make the downsizing a little less traumatic.

After 20 or 30 years, your home might be showing its age. The kitchen is probably out of date, closets are cluttered, and walls need repainting. Check into everything that might keep the home from selling and fix or update as needed.  This could be as easy as new neutral paint on the walls or something more extensive such as adding a new roof or modern appliances.

Allow yourself lots of time to make updates—and to begin to let go of your emotional attachments to the home. Some Elmhurst home sellers have found that cleaning out and updating makes the home look so different that it’s easier to picture it belonging to someone else. While it helps you, de-cluttering and removing personal effects also allows potential buyers to see themselves living in the home, and this often helps make the sale.

If you feel you’re just not up to all the work, consider using a professional stager. These folks know the demographics of current buyers and can recommend updates or fix-ups in line with what today’s buyers look for in a home. With all the competition out there, you want your home to look and feel fresh, even if it’s an older home. Then you can play up both the charm and the modern conveniences of your well-aged Elmhurst property.

While it’s exciting to enter a new phase of life, it can sometimes be difficult to sell the place you’ve called home for most of your life.  We can offer all the experience and support you need to downsize and move on. If you’re looking to buy or sell Elmhurst real estate, contact the Gracik Makinney Group, or call (630) 567-5902.

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